Sorting out the fastpass sysytem !
Despite the French haveing a reputation abroad for being just a touch (understatement) arrogant and genetically incapable of understanding the concept of waiting your turn in a queue, I must admit they seemed to go against they sterotype when I was there at least.
There is nothing worse than being in a queue and then seeinging someone 'jump' it at a point when you can't actually get to them and point out the error of their gallic ways.
A legitimate 'jump' is however to use the 'fastpass' system.
The system works by inserting your park ticket into machine that then prints out a paper ticket allowing entry to a ride within a half-hour window - ensuring no more vthan about a five minute wait. Once you have one, the ticket will also say the first time that you can get another one for another 'fastpass' ride. This does at least ensure you can get to go on a ride that you really fancy. We used it for the 'Peter Pan' flight as we knew it was a 'good' ride and ofetn had long queues - it worked a treat.
Dapper Dan's Haircuts
Most tourists just don't notice this barber shop. Too bad, cause when you want to have a haircut or a beard cut style 100 years ago, this is the place to be!
The shop is not open every day. Information at the City Hall on Town Square.
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Pleeeeeeeeeease, don't buy a silly hat like so many people here. I bet you will never wear it again in the 'real world' ;-) I'm glad I could pass the main street twice without buying anything (it was hard though, it was Winnie the Pooh paradise :)
Use FASTPASS to avoid long queues at the attractions. It's easy and not everybody knows about it so it helps you to shorten the waiting time a lot! And most important: It's FREE!
It works as follows:
You go to the Fastpass Ticket Line and insert your park ticket into the machine. You will receive a fastpass ticket with a time slot during which you have to return to the attraction. When you come back during that time you can queue in the Fastpass queue which is much shorter and faster than the normal one. Using Fastpass tickets we never queued for more than 15 minutes anywhere. You can only have one fastpass at a time though!!!
Fastpass tickets are available at the following attractions:
Big Thunder Mountain
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril: Backwards!
Peter Pan's Flight
At the end of the main street there's a sign showing all waiting times for the park. Have a look here once in a while, sometimes you are lucky and see that an attraction has just reopened or that is has no queue at all!
If there is a queue at the stations of the Disneyland Railroad - don't wait! Walk where you want to go - it's faster. The queues are long and the train only comes every ten minutes. You never know how many people get off at your stop so you don't know how many get on. The ride has some nice areas but you are outside the park in the forest for a long time, too. It's not worth waiting for longer than 20 minutes I'd say! (picture from www.disneylandparis.com)
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